Friday, November 25, 2016
Jennifer Richard Jacobson the other day at the library. The story is told by eleven year old Ari. She and her brother Gage lived with Janna as their guardian. Gage is a nineteen year old who didn't want to live with Janna anymore, so Gage and Ari leave. But Gage doesn't have a job or a place to live, so they depend on friends. It seems like a realistic view of the difficulties of being homeless and trying to continue living a normal life. This book would be good to read and discuss with middle school or high school students. Though classified as juvenile literature, it is worth reading for anyone who works in a school system or with young people.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
So I made a few other things, including this placemat that uses Good Neighbors fabric from Connecting Threads. The back is some cute bunny fabric and scraps from my sister's stash. When I finished, I decided that I liked the back better than the front.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Joan Hiatt Harlow is a novel which takes place in Chicago the week before the well-known fire of 1871. Poppy and Justin are about as different as can be but become good friends. Twelve year old Poppy survives by stealing. Justin is the son of a wealthy jeweler. Justin's family, especially his father, do not trust Poppy and a mistake made by Justin just makes it worse. This book is from the juvenile section of the library but I would not recommend it for younger children because of the themes of extreme poverty and mistreatment by adults. It would bring up some good themes for older students to discuss among themselves or with adults, though.
Monday, October 24, 2016
One thing I have done to make gift giving easier is to have a set thing to give to people on certain occasions. Gift giving for can be simplified by making part of the choice ahead of time. For baby showers, I almost always give some handmade bibs and a children's board books. For wedding showers, I make some potholders to give along with some custard cups with lids. The gifts can be personalized for the recipient, but much of the decision is done long before the need for the gift.